Obama to Uganda's President: Don't Sign Antigay Law

The president releases a statement saying that signing the bill "will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.”

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

February 17 2014 3:03 PM ET

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., at which the president spoke out against "twisted" antigay leaders

After Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told lawmakers he was now going to sign the country's draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would include life imprisonment for some LGBT people in that country, President Obama weighed in with strong concern.

According to Pink News, President Obama released a written statement Sunday admonishing that “enacting this legislation will complicate our valued relationship with Uganda. That is why I am so deeply disappointed that Uganda will shortly enact legislation that would criminalize homosexuality.”

He went even further to condem Museveni's actions.

“The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda,” he said. “It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights.”

Tags: Uganda, World

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